Springfield Social Security Disability Attorney Michelle Begley

SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance)

If you or someone you love has become unable to maintain employment because of a certain medical condition, you (or your loved one) might be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The Social Security Disability Insurance Program is a social program that provides monthly benefits to individuals who have worked and paid into Social Security long enough to meet the criteria. The path to obtaining Social Security disability is a tough one, though, and you should seek the counsel of West Springfield Social Security disability attorney Michelle Begley who can walk you through the process.

The paperwork and procedures can often be overwhelming and intimidating. Additionally, applicants should be aware that their chances for approval will be much greater if they have a Social Security disability attorney by their side. Michelle Begley has been helping individuals who apply for Social Security disability benefits for years–if you have a claim, she can help.

Who Are the Benefits For?

Generally speaking, Social Security disability benefits are for those individuals who have worked in the past, but have been unable to do any full-time work for at least 12 months. SSD is also available to those who suffer from terminal illnesses, without concern for the 12-month requirement. If your physical and/or mental impairments keep you from working in a full-time capacity, you might be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

The Process

Anyone who is interested in applying for SSD benefits must first fill out an application at the local SSA office (or online or over the phone). As part of the application process, you will be expected to turn in documentation regarding your impairments, to include all relevant medical records or doctor’s reports. Your application will be initially reviewed by an agent who is working on behalf of the SSA, and you should be aware that approximately 90% of all first-time SSD applicants get denied for benefits. That is why you need to have someone like West Springfield Social Security disability attorney Michelle Begley at the ready to prepare you for your appeal (which is where most cases are won).

If your claim does get denied, you will have only 60 days to file a Request for Reconsideration with the regional SSA office. Michelle Begley and her team can help you collect additional information and fill out the required documentation in a timely fashion according to statutory requirements. A lot of the process is now handled online, and Begley & Webster has the resources and technical skill to help you put forth the best case possible. If you’re denied again, you will then have the option to ask for a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge.

At Begley & Webster Attorneys at Law, Michelle Begley will personally assess your unique case and work hard to set out the best possible arguments for you to get approved for Social Security disability benefits. Attorney Begley can represent you whether you’ve already filed an application in the past and need to appeal or you’ve just submitted a new application. Contact Begley & Webster Attorneys at Law at 413-733-1400 for a free consultation today.

SSI (Supplemental Security Income)

Attorney Michelle Begley’s practice also focuses on Supplemental Security Income [SSI] disability law. We assist clients throughout  Hampden and Hampshire County with their SSI applications and appeals. SSI provides benefits to individuals who have a limited work history and are suffering from a mental or physical disability. SSI benefits are also available to individuals age 65 or older, or who are blind.